New Hires in Social Gaming: 6waves LOLapps, CrowdStar, Digital Chocolate & More

Though there were still a decent number of new hires this week within the social space, based on LinkedIn and other sources, the number of hires did decline ever so slightly since last week. Even so, this week had two rather large hires from both Zynga and The former brings on a new chief marketing and revenue officer, Jeff Karp, and the latter hires Gilles Storme as its new vice president of ad sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

As always, if your company is hiring new people or making a notable promotion, please let us know. Email editor (at) insidesocialgames (dot) com, and we’ll get it into this or next week’s post. Also, please note that the information about most new hires, below, comes directly from company updates from LinkedIn, and is only as current as each person’s profile.

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Here’s this week’s full list:

6waves LOLapps

  • David Wong, Product Manager — The LOLapps side of the recently merged 6waves LOLapps brings on a single hire with David Wong. Wong was previously a consultant and acting VP of product at thruSocial.


  • Christine Nguyen, Associate Artist — Joining CrowdStar, Nguyen was previously a “green ninja” at House of Chai.
  • Chad Wilson, Lead Game Designer — In an internal shift at CrowdStar, Wilson moves up from his prior role as a game designer.

Digital Chocolate

  • Earl Dos Santos, Senior Product Manager — Digital Chocolate makes an internal change, moving Dos Santos up from his prior role as a product manager.


  • Audrey Nakao, Business Development Manager — GREE starts of its list of new hires with Nakao. Before this, Nakao was a sales account manager for EA Mobile.
  • Winson Wong, Strategy Manager — Also joining Gree is Wong, a former strategy consultant for Oliver Wyman.
  • E.J. Fournier, General Counsel — Fournier was most recently a managing counsel at Oracle.
  • Alex Sung, Product Manager, Analytics — Sung was previously a software engineer for eBay.


  • Ayinde Benn, QA Specialist — iWin makes a single hire this week. Benn was previously an employee of Zynga.

  • Gilles Storme, Vice President of Ad Sales, EMEA — As noted prior, brings on Gilles Storme as its new vice president of ad sales. Most recently, Storme was head of RockYou’s advertising sales initiatives for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

Peak Games

  • Baran Sakallıoğlu, PHP Developer — Now at Peak Games, Sakallıoğlu was formerly a PHP developer at Nano DRM.


  • Michael Jones, Contract Sound Designer — Joining Playdom this week is Jones. Jones was most recently an audio designer for Pipeworks Software.
  • Mark Pitman, Senior Software Engineer — Pitman also joins Playdom this week. He was previously a senior Java developer at the Geneva Foundation/NHRC.


  • Gabriel Aussant, Customer Support Team Leader — RockYou! makes a single hire with Aussant, a former subject matter expert for GOA Games.


  • Jeff Karp, Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer — As stated already, Jeff Karp joins Zynga as its new chief marketing and revenue officer. Prior to joining Zynga, Karp was the executive vice president at EA Play.
  • Nelson Hernandez, Associate Artist — Also joining Zynga this week is Hernandez, a former art lecturer at San Jose State University.
  • Priyanka Amravati, Intern — Now at Zynga, Amravati was previously a student at MSRIT, Bangalore.
  • Jason Ku, Software Engineer — In an internal change, Ku moves up from his role as a software engineering intern at Zynga.
  • Ashli Tingle, QA Engineer II — Tingle was previously a video game tester at PsiNapse Staffing Technology (on behalf of Sega of America).
  • Therese Tan, Graphic Artist — Tan was most recently a game artist under the recently acquired Astro Ape Studios.
  • Karly Yohe, 3D Contract Artist — Joining Zynga, Yohe was previously a tutor at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco.
  • Jose Cardenas, Senior Software Engineer — Also now at Zynga, Cardenas was formerly a supervisor of software development at Travelocity.
  • Anthony Dallaryan, Art Director — Dallaryan was previously a senior artist at Astro Ape Studios.